8mm Film Australia

  1. Big Fun with Super8mm in Australia. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house then Alice Springs visit to Uluru/Ayers Rock. 30 minutes of film and only these 2 minutes were viewable.

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  2. A film made back in 1969 reproduced from old 8mm film taken in the Northern Territory of Australia.
    It is mainly scenes of the old North Australia Railway as it was back then when being used chiefly to transport iron ore to the Port of Darwin from Frances Creek and Mount Bundy mines.
    Also, there are some views of Darwin and the port, and of the stock pile of iron ore brought in by the trains and
    waiting to be loaded onto ships.
    There is also shown, part of the conveyer belt system by which ore was taken from the train unloading point to the stock pile; and from the stockpile to ships after being scooped up by the bucket dredger; also shown, is a train being unloaded and a large earthmoving machine moving ore on top of the ore pile to even it out.
    The ore was unloaded from the rail wagons into a pit from which the belts took it to the pile. The large bucket dredger operated in conjunction with the conveyer belts. It was essential for picking up the ore and placing it back on the conveyer belt system for moving to the ships.
    The video starts at Larrimah the then southern terminal of the North Australia railway, which was serviced generally with one train per week which is shown in the video.
    A gantry crane is seen both there, and one also at Darwin later in the video, both to lift loads between railway wagons and road trains although most road trains travelled all the way to Darwin.
    At Larrimah also are seen remnants of the steam locomotive age with the water tank and ash pits still in position. One of the wagons is seen with a chopper type coupling although knuckle type couplers
    were becoming the type chiefly used, especially on the diesel electric locomotives and the heavy ore trains as seen in another part of the video.
    An interesting feature of the old North Australia Railway is that rail bridges were higher than the road bridges and in wet seasons, water often covered road crossings and road trains and other vehicles therefore made use of the rail bridges.
    There are shots illustrating driving over the King river rail bridge, the Katherine River bridge and the Fergusson River rail bridge. Traffic made good use of the railway bridge at Katherine even in the dry season
    as it saved about six miles on the trip to Darwin.
    The official crossing of the Katherine River was at the low level crossing also shown in this video. Interestingly, the Fergusson River bridge that is nearing 100 years old, was reconditioned and now carries
    standard gauge trains on the new Alice Springs - Darwin line. It has the original iron girders whereas other bridges on the new line are of concrete

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  3. The Alexandra branch line was from Yea off the former Tallarook to Mansfield branch line in Victoria. The Carey Grammar School ran a special train to Alexandra in 1968. This video, which was reproduced from 8mm film, commences at Wallan with steam locomotive D3 639 taking on water, and then shows a scene while passing Heathcote Junction, the start of the former Heathcote branch line, and a photo stop on the main line before branching off at Tallarook and ambling down the Goulburn valley to Yea with views of the Goulburn River and more photo stops. The steam locomotive, was turned on the Yea turntable before proceeding to Alexandra.
    After some time at Alexandra, the train is seen climbing the steep grade from the station yards.

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  4. It had been thirteen years since the four famous Newport built, three cylinder S class Pacific steam locomotives, hauling the Spirit of Progress and Albury express, had been speeding up and down the main North Eastern broad gauge line between Melbourne and Albury, when a steam excursion from Melbourne to Albury and Culcairn was organized by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts.
    The excursion was run in May 1967 .
    Steam locomotive R749 was used from Melbourne to Albury and an Albury based yard pilot number 5135 was used on the standard gauge to Culcairn New South Wales.
    There are various trains and diesel locomotives of that era glimpsed on the journey including the now long extinct Southern Aurora, the Spirit of Progress and the Intercapital Daylight express. The video is reproduced from 8mm film

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  5. The Victorian Railways 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) gauge branchline to Waubra was opened in 1889. In 1931, passenger services were withdrawn and the line continued as a "goods only" line through to its closure in January 1968. This video is of a last special train excursion from Melbourne to Waubra shortly before the line closed. Special carriages were attached to the regular train from Melbourne which were taken from Ballarat to Waubra by a J class steam locomotive. The tour happened to be run on a very hot summers day. Some of the regular workings in those days are glimpsed as are some Ballarat trams on the former system. The video was reproduced from old 8mm film taken on the day.

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8mm Film Australia

Grant Willis (VK5GR) Plus

There is a rich history of Australian life through the 20th Century tucked away in people's bottom draws and stuffed into back cupboards. The aim of this channel is to encourage people to dust off those memories, transfer them to video and post them here,…


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    Cheers Grant, great idea for a channel!
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